Trust with a passion
Mama Angel went all the way to Fourways to visit the National Children and Violence Trust.
As usual we carried gifts in the form of office supplies.
The trust helps vulnerable children, their families and the community to come to terms with the violence that is endemic in our country.
It guides affected victims through their encounter with the justice system after trauma. It works closely with the police and justice system to ensure a fair deal for the victims of violence.
The trust has a team of court support staff who help victims seek justice for themselves, especially child rape victims.
It also monitors legislation and its implementation for the wellbeing of the society.
A prevention programme educates and raises awareness of children's rights through workshops at creches, schools and in the community.
It services the areas of Diepsloot, Cosmo City and the surrounding informal settlements.
"The mission of the National Children and Violence Trust is to intervene and alleviate the effect of exposure to violence or any other trauma-inducing experience, such as HIV-Aids," says its website.
"The vision of the National Children and Violence Trust is to create a society in which children's well-being and their rights are preserved irrespective of the circumstances under which they are socialised or grow up."
It offers psycho-social care and the reasons behind violence against women and children, and offers trauma counselling and grief counselling for those affected or infected with HIV-Aids.
The staff were over the moon on being presented with crockery, an urn, office equipment such as an industrial guillotine, puncher and magnetic board.
"We are grateful to Sowetan for the equipment," said Thabo Mpyane, the national coordinator. "It will make our work easier."
"Our society has always looked up to Sowetan and this newspaper has never disappointed us," said the excited Mpyane.